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Introduction

Most Linear B texts are accounting records from around 1550-1200 BCE. They are the oldest recorded form of Greek and were found on the island of Crete and the nearby mainland. Linear B is split into three Unicode blocks: Linear B Syllabary, Linear B Ideograms, and Aegean Numbers.

Font Samples

font sample * font information
Linear B font Aegean    [ show all samples ]  (Aegean.otf)
Source: Free download from George Douros's 'Unicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts' page.
Stats: Version 1.01 has 3,578 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Cypriot Syllabary, Greek, Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Phoenician, Ugaritic, Private Use Area (Lycian, Carian, Linear A, Lydian, Anatolian/Luvian Hieroglyphs, Cypro-Minoan, Cretan Hieroglyphs, others)
OpenType Layout Tables: Greek, Latin
Sample of ALPHABETUM Unicode at 24pt ALPHABETUM Unicode    [ show all samples ]  (ALPHABETUM v.9.00.ttf)
Note: Excellent font for linguistics and ancient languages.
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Source: Shareware ($15) from Juan José Marcos.
Stats: Version 9.0 Feb 2007 has 5,515 glyphs and 220 kerning pairs
Support: Coptic, Cypriot Syllabary, Cyrillic (all or most of range), Gothic, Greek (including polytonic and Coptic characters), Glagolitic, Hebrew, IPA, Japanese (Hiragana and Katakana only), Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Ogham, Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Phoenician, Runic, Ugaritic, Private Use Area (Iberic & Celtiberic, additional Old Italic glyphs, Old & Medieval Latin)
Sample of Code2001 at 30pt Code2001    [ show all samples ]  (code2001.ttf)
Source: Free download from James Kass's webpage.
Stats: Version 0.917 has 2,944 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Cirth, Cypriot Syllabary, Deseret, Gothic, Latin, Linear B (ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Shavian, Tengwar, Ugaritic
OpenType Layout Tables: Latin
Sample of MPH 2B Damase at 30pt MPH 2B Damase    [ show all samples ]  (damase_v.2.ttf from damase_v.2.zip)
Source: Free download locally.
Stats: Version 001.000 / 002.000 has 2,896 glyphs and 192 kerning pairs
Support: Armenian, Cherokee, Coptic (Bohairic subset), Cypriot Syllabary, Cyrillic (Russian and other Slavic languages), Deseret, Georgian (Asomtavruli and Nuskhuri but no Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Gothic, Greek (including Coptic characters), Hebrew, Latin, Limbu, Linear B (partial coverage of ideograms and syllabary), Old Italic, Old Persian cuneiform, Osmanya, Phoenician, Shavian, Syloti Nagri (no conjuncts), Tai Le (no combining tone marks), Thaana, Tifinagh, Ugaritic, Vietnamese
Sample of Penuturesu at 26pt Penuturesu    [ show all samples ]  (penuture.ttf)
Source: Free download of Mark Williamson's fonts
Stats: Version 15/04/2003 has 125 glyphs and no kerning pairs
Support: Linear B (syllabary only, missing U+1000E, U+10050 - U+1005D)
 

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